National forest Christmas tree permits now available

Permits to cut Christmas trees are now available in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The permits are $5 and good for one tree. Permits are available at the ranger stations. Visit the Gifford Pinchot website for a list of other vendors selling permits.

Tree cutting is prohibited in wilderness areas, within 300 yards of streams and some other areas. Check with the ranger district before cutting to make sure you’re in an area where cutting is permitted. Visitors are instructed to cut trees 12 inches or less above the ground and cut off live stems remaining on the stump.

There is a limit of five permits per person.

The forest service recommends arriving early, being prepared for winter conditions, driving safely, making sure others know where you are going, being careful on the sometimes tricky terrain, parking on the shoulder and to be careful with your tools.

Visit the forest website for more information.